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House Of Gray

Country House (18th Century)

Site Name House Of Gray

Classification Country House (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Gray House

Canmore ID 32026

Site Number NO33SW 35

NGR NO 33774 32099

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dundee, City Of
  • Parish Liff And Benvie (Dundee, City Of)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Angus

Architecture Notes


Dundee, Gray House.

Architect: William Adam. 1715.

Owner (at time): Smedley's Fruit Farms, Ltd., West Balgillo, Broughty Ferry.

NMRS/Simpson & Brown photographs:

Box 10 album no.157

eight views of entrance front.

House of Gray (outbuildings).

NMRS/Simpson & Brown photographs:

Box 5 album no.63


National Library of Scotland: Descent and Kinship of Patrick, Master of Gray by Peter Gray. 1903. p.15 - text.

Site Management (8 March 1990)

2-storey over raised basement, rectangular-plan, 7-bay classical country house flanked by single bay, finialled ogival-roofed stair towers and single storey over raised basement, 4-bay pavilions. Pink coursed rubble, grey-green at E pavilion, originally harled, ashlar dressings, piended slate roof. Cill course to basement, moulded string course to ground floor, rusticated quoins, margined windows, margined angles and band course at wallhead to pavilions and rear stair towers, corniced eaves course to main building. Originally 12-pane sash and case windows, taller at principal floor, 6-pane to basement. Rebuilt corniced, harled and channelled ridge stacks.

Gray House was built by the 10th Lord Gray whose family had owned Fowlis estate and Castle from the 14th century to 1667-9. The Benvie estate was purchased by the Grays in 1713, the house and estate being sold in 1918 when Gray House was purchased by James Ogilvie and lived in by him until his death in 1936. The house was unfinished in 1723 (perhaps the east pavilion) according to Macky. The inclusion of Gray House in Adam's publication has led to repeated attributions to him.( Historic Environment Scotland List Entry)


Photographic Survey (1956)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1955.


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